It is durable and requires less maintenance than hardwood or carpeting. Its main disadvantage is its vulnerability to water damage.
Nuances of laminate flooring
Laminate flooring can withstand water damage. The floor will not suffer any damage if you spill water onto laminate flooring. If there is flooding, however, it can change the situation. When laminate flooring is saturated with water, it can warp quickly. You will notice this warping first at the boards’ ends. The only solution is to replace the boards. It is very difficult to find the right laminate for laminate floor repair. Additionally, water can get trapped under the floor, between the boards, any cushioning material, as well as between the cushioning and the subfloor. The floor can’t be ripped apart without water trapped under it.
Symptoms Of Laminate Floor Damage
How do you know if your floor has been damaged by laminate? It is very easy to spot damage visually. The following symptoms are common:
- Puffy or swollen plank edges, particularly at the ends of the boards.
- Cupping or crowning: In cupping, boards bow upwards from side-to-side; crowning will cause the center to bow upwards and be higher than any side.
- Buckling is when the boards are actually separated.
- Cracking and splitting are major damages to the surface of the board.
Drying cannot correct any of these symptoms. This means that you will have to replace at most a part of the floor.
There are many positives to laminate flooring
Laminate flooring is made up of many pieces, which is one of its best features. The carpet might need to be replaced if it gets very wet. You can simply replace any boards affected by laminate flooring.
Let the repairs begin
It is likely that water has affected the subfloor. This needs to dry out. It is not a good idea to lay new flooring on subfloors that haven’t dried completely. Excess moisture could cause damage to your flooring. Here are some simple tips to repair your floor.
Stop Leak – Before you consider repairing your floors, you need to locate and stop any leaks.
Identify Damaged Flooring. Determine where the damage begins and ends. Be aware of the following types of damage.
Do not remove more than is necessary. Many times the water has gotten deeper than you can see or think. Keep removing the boards until you are able to see no more moisture under them or underneath the sublayment.
Board replacement– Slide or tap the boards into their place. The most difficult board to replace is the last.
- You should treat each board individually. You shouldn’t attempt to remove multiple boards simultaneously. You should remove each one one at a given time.
- You must ensure that your new boards match the rest laminate flooring.
- You might consider hiring a professional for the repair or replacement.
Get professional help
No matter how hard you try, you should speak to a professional about water damage.